Related to Barack Obama?

“We’re Related” says that I’m related to Barack Obama. There is only one problem. Okay, there are two problems. First, it’s April the First – Fools Day! Second, my supposed great grandparents died in 85 and 99, and I don’t recognize their names. BUZZ. I remember the deaths of two ...

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Reviewing books

Sometimes, being a writer can make the enjoyment of reading a bit harder. I know what the man behind the curtains is doing, or trying to do anyway. Rather than having a sense of really liking something, or a vague sense of not liking it, I know why now. But ...

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Team music

Choirs are teams. They have a lot in common with sports. The same group of people can be mediocre under one director/coach and excellent under another. A few days ago I went to a choir concert at my daughter’s middle school. Now, I lettered in music at high school. I ...

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Mormon temples

Most of my readers know that I’m LDS; Mormon. We build temples. One of the most important reasons for temples is to tie together families from our oldest ancestors to those who are to come in the future. They are there to make the human family whole. Where I live ...

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The partnership of reader and writer

One of the things at Life, the Universe and Everything (LTUE) was Tracy Hickman‘s “Reading 101” keynote address. He spoke about something that I think, honestly, is one of the miracles of storytelling: A reader is as much a creator of the world as the writer is. See, as a ...

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The gift of goodbye

At Life, the Universe, and Everything (SF & F writing convention at BYU) I met a friend of mine that was in a critique group I’d belonged to. We both happened to be at the cafeteria getting some fuel for our brains, and we talked for about 45 minutes. He’d ...

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Words, music, sunday thoughts.

One of the constants in our lives is words. We constantly use words to express ourselves, to glimpse the souls of others, and words stream through our private thoughts during all our waking hours and even many sleeping ones. Words are in many ways the skeleton of our conscious selves. ...

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Shelf archeology

Made a quick trip to a large retail outlet today. It was supposed to be quick but I experienced enough lag at the checkout stand to stare at the impulse buying shelves. I realized they had a lot to say about what our culture thinks is important. Energy – several ...

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